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This review is from: Bizet: Symphony in C / L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
I first heard snippets of this on Classic FM - the only Radio Station I listen to - and can still sell me music, and before they said who it was, I immediately recognised this as 'Bizet' - even though I had only ever heard his fabulous Opera 'Carmen'! There are 'essences' of Carmen here - particularly in the trademark of minor crescendos creeping up and building in the background of the main music.
Not a lot is heard of Bizet - apart from the aforementioned Opera which everybody recognises and likes - even if they claim not to like opera or classical music per se. This is a selection of lesser known pieces which will delight any fan of his great opera. It's a really beautiful CD and it's difficult to pick a favourite piece, but 'Menuet' is pretty lovely!
Bizet is definitely one of the world's greatest composers - perhaps not by volume - but certainly on melody. About the only other composer I could recognise so instantly was the late great John Barry - though worlds apart.